Versailles Pavilion by Explorations Architecture

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Paris-based Explorations Architecture have sent us these images of a temporary entrance-pavilion they have designed for the Chateau de Versailles in France.

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The 350 square metre structure provides crowd regulation, a visitors' centre, security checks and cloakroom.

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Building was completed this summer; the pavilion will remain in place until 2011.

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Photographs by Michel Denancé.

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The following text is from Explorations Architecture

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TEMPORARY ENTRANCE PAVILION TO THE CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES
VERSAILLES, FRANCE

CREDITS

Client
Etablissement public du musée et du domaine national de Versailles with VINCI (sponsor)

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Timeframe:
Competition November 2007
Completion July 2008
Expected demolition 2011

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Budget and footage
1.8m euros (350m2)

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Location
Right in the middle of the Cour d’honneur du Château de Versailles

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Functions
Temporary main entrance to the Château
Crowd regulation
Visitor’s information
Safety checks and cloakroom (your toothpaste will be confiscated…)

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Capacity
Approx. 15 000 visitors a day (summer season)

Shape
A modern horn of plenty with a big mouth and a small tail

Inspiration
Fushimi inari temples in Japan
Christo’s Central park Gates

Complexity
All glass panes and portal frames are different.

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Materials
Concrete slab and footings
Painted Steel portal frames
Laminated clear glass for facades and roof
Douglas timber brise soleil
Rubber flooring
Fluorescent lighting

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Architects
Explorations architecture (Benoît le Thierry d’Ennequin+ Yves Pagès)

Engineers
Terrell

Main contractors
CBC service+ Eiffel + Satob + France Lanord et Bichaton + SDEL

  • maria

    This is so beautiful

  • Mario

    i just needed to say WOW

  • jakb

    See http://www.archiweb.cz/buildings.php?type=9&action=show&id=200&lang=en

    Same simple “style” – brno, faculty of arts – library

  • http://www.architectus.lt Rokas

    not bad.They know what they do

  • Ben

    is this really temporary?
    better leave it there … it’s very nice

  • Jovanny

    What a pity!
    It’s not permanent.Maybe we can’t see it several month later.

  • AJ

    Looks nice, but how do you clean the glass on the roof underneath all those wood slats?

  • lgg

    Beautiful, i would like to be inside in a sunny day like in this images

  • Atticus

    Very Nice, they should keep it!

  • Azm

    Simple & superb! Excellent Work!!

  • http://www.avangado.de C.K. Avangado

    Wow this pavillon is definetly a stunner!

  • scarpasez

    gorgeous.

  • g nice

    can you say david adjaye?

  • waka

    very beautiful!
    the only thing is that we can hardly see in any image the exact place where pavilion connects to the building. i suppose that might be the weakest point of this design.
    good work nevertheless!

  • lukas

    its clasical for many architect.

  • http://srleart.com srle

    very nice simple idea but i really hate those huge white columns/beams visible inside.

  • ste

    thers so much wood on the outside… why not use it structural?? hmmm

  • tanya telford – T

    really simple & lovely, & i have a feeling – for me anyway, that i might get a similar feeling of walking through an avenue of trees (just in a small way) on a sunny day,

  • grubula

    it looks nice in photos but in reality its a hot little claustrophobic tunnel in june when packed with tourists and security equipment

  • muoale

    الأفكار الجديده دائما قابله للنقد اتمنى لكم التوفيق

  • muoale

    Arhitectura buna

  • Mani

    went to paris last month…visited every site there is to see but the Versailles palace! n i regret it so much! especially after visiting this page.
    they really do know what their doing. the architecture is splended and most effectively looked after. Vie la France!

  • jheffry

    this is not green design !

  • Simon

    I have to say, I rather like like it. But then on the other hand they said that the Eiffel Tower would be temporary and its still there to this day, in the sense that this structure looks pretty sturdy. It might end up being another Louvre Pyramid, only far more controversial.

  • jane

    like the contrast to versaille, the lightness against opulence

  • Arthur

    Looks great but what was the concept behind it so that we could view it and percieve it from the designer’s point of view.

  • alireza

    very nice they should keep it.